Elections officials push back on request to move primary season; medical marijuana in Portsmouth; disorderly conduct over free cheesecake in Arlington & more headlines

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♦ James Fields’ car was going 28 miles per hour when it rammed into a group of counter-protestors at last year’s Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville. The crash killed Heather Heyer and injured dozens of other people. – The Daily Progress

♦ A truck driver who crashed into a minivan, drove off the side of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel and died in July was under the influence of alcohol and several drugs. – The Virginian-Pilot

♦ State elections officials said a Republican request to push back primary season while the state wrestles with redistricting litigation is “premature.” – Richmond Times-Dispatch

♦ Del. Mike Mullen, D-Newport News, wants to require Social Services to look for out-of-state records related to child abuse when investigating claims in Virginia. He’s drafted legislation he nicknamed “Heaven’s Law” after a Norfolk child who was killed by her parents in May. – The Daily Press

♦ U.S. Rep. Tom Garrett asked his congressional staff to run “extensive” personal errands like changing his car oil and walking his dog, according to a report issued Tuesday by the Office of Congressional Ethics. Garrett said the report was “riddled with falsities.” – The Washington Post

♦ A New York-based company will open Hampton Roads’ first medical cannabis dispensary next spring in Portsmouth. – The Virginian-Pilot

♦ A town hall in Chesterfield County on coal ash at Dominion Energy’s large power plant there drew about 50 people to discuss ways to potentially remove the ash. – Richmond Times-Dispatch

♦ Arlington needs to reassign about 700 students to new schools, which has prompted some parents to say the process is a way to promote racial and economic segregation in the school system. – The Washington Post

♦ A for-profit college chain will close most of its locations, including one in Chesterfield County. The last day of classes is tomorrow. – Associated Press

♦ Carnival Cruises will begin offering cruises to Cuba out of Norfolk starting in 2020. – The Virginian-Pilot

♦ A Bedford County man who was supposed to be taking care of 320 cattle actually stole them and sold them for his own profit. He pleaded guilty in Circuit Court this week. – The News & Advance

♦ A promotional giveaway of cheesecake for The Cheesecake Factory’s 40th birthday got out of hand in Clarendon. Police responded to a fight they couldn’t find in the crowded restaurant and ultimately charged a man with disorderly conduct. – ARLnow

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Correction: This post has been edited to correct information about a coal ash meeting in Chesterfield. A state senator, not Dominion, hosted the event. 

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Robert Zullo
Robert has been winning and losing awards as a reporter and editor for 13 years at weekly and daily newspapers, beginning at Worrall Community Newspapers in Union, N.J., where he was a staff writer and managing editor. He spent five years in south Louisiana covering hurricanes, oil spills and Good Friday crawfish boils as a reporter and city editor for the The Courier and the Daily Comet newspapers in Houma and Thibodaux. He covered Richmond city hall for the Richmond Times-Dispatch from 2012 to 2013 and worked as a general assignment and city hall reporter for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from 2013 to 2016. He returned to Richmond in 2016 to cover energy, environment and transportation for the Richmond Times-Dispatch. He grew up in Miami, Fla., and central New Jersey. A former waiter, armored car guard and appliance deliveryman, he is a graduate of the College of William and Mary. Contact him at [email protected]